Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who has heard someone or something and can bear witness to the fact.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A witness who gives evidence of what he or she has heard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A witness by means of his ears; one who is within hearing and does hear; a hearer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is able to give testimony to a fact from his own hearing.
  • n. A mediate witness; one who testifies to what he has received upon the testimony of others.

Etymologies

ear1 + (eye)witness.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From ear and eyewitness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The guy can't hear the difference between "Mansoor" and "Monsoor", and we're supposed to trust him as an earwitness?

    Another Witness Confirms Romney's No-Muslims Comment

  • An earwitness reports hearing each brother say that the fryer should be moved to him, to them, to him and seconds later flames engulfed the building.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Our cubehouse still rocks as earwitness to the thunder of his arafatas but we hear also through successive ages that shebby choruysh of unkalified muzzlenimiissilehims that would blackguardise the whitestone ever hurtleturtled out of heaven.

    Finnegans Wake

  • BROSNAN: ... which was corroborated by an independent earwitness, OK ...

    CNN Transcript Mar 08, 2006

  • Lauren Conrad and boyfriend Kyle Howard were whipping themselves into a frenzy Thursday night at Deluxe, where we just happened to be an earwitness.

    RadarOnline.com

  • Typicality effects on memory for voice: Implications for earwitness testimony

    Slate Magazine

  • "presbyter" who finds it sufficient to use such an honorary title without qualification as his proper name, and was likewise an eye - and earwitness of the incidents of the Saviour's life, can be none other than the Presbyter John mentioned by Papias, who can in turn be none other than John the Apostle (cf. JOHN THE EVANGELIST, SAINT).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

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  • Just heard a CNN correspondent use this word, pertaining to a potential shootout with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown MA.

    April 19, 2013

  • From Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita: "two young couples merrily swapping mates or a child shamming sleep to earwitness primal sonorities". (Not a neologism! First used in 1594, according to the annotation.)

    September 30, 2008